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By Rachel Ganz
Observer Staff Writer 

25th Annual LA Art Show Opening Night Party Hosted by Sofia Vergara

Benefit for St Jude Children's Research Hospital held on February 5, 2020 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

 

February 22, 2020

Actress Sofia Vergara chatting with Joe Manganiello

On Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa St, Los Angles Thousands of art enthusiasts came for the Opening Night Party of the 25th annual LA Art Show, kicking off the largest year of art and cultural programming in our city's history.

A large portion of proceeds from ticket sales went to benefit of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

Beautiful actress Sofia Vergara was the courteous host of the evening, and the star-studded party was attended by Charlize Theron, Kat Kramer, Emma Roberts, Cameron Monaghan, Jared Harris, Joe Manganiello, Sir Brodie, Brandon Boyd, KaDee Strickland, Andrew Howard, Lauren Sivan, Brittney Palmer, Josh Pence, Rebecca Metz, Meredith Salenger, Elizabeth Chambers, Jason Behr, Tig Notaro, Stephanie Allynne, Manolo Vergara, Ava Cantrell, and more. 

The VIP attendees were treated to a PREVIEW of this year's programming, which features over 130 galleries, museums and cultural institutions from 23 countries.

Highlights include Walker Fine Art's MC Escher Experience, featuring his complete series of his iconic self portraits, which have never been exhibited together before. Walker Fine Arts possesses the world's largest collection of Escher's work, and many of the pieces included in the LA Art Show have never been shown in California.

The showcase also features an interactive photo-booth where patrons can insert themselves into Escher's iconic sphere self portrait. Kazu Hiro's ICONOCLASTS exhibition, featuring photo realistic, larger than life sculptures of the heads of Abraham Lincoln, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, and Jimi Hendrix drew admirers before they even entered the art fair. Kazu is nominated for an Oscar for his special effects makeup in "Bombshell," starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and John Lithgow.

The LA Art Show created a FASHION section, which highlighted Sue Wong magical gowns, many of which have been worn on the red carpet for the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. It was truly an amazing collection of ladies elegant gowns!

The programming in this year's DIVERSEartLA drew a crowd with the spectacle of the floor-to-ceiling MOLAA Pride Flag created by artists Leo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone. Next to this was Viktor Freso's "The Birth of the Niemand," featuring 16 larger than life statues that patrons could walk amongst and pose for photos with. The Japanese American National Museum booth drew patrons in with Taiji Terasaki's "TRANSCENDIENTS: Heroes at Borders" exhibition, an immersive meditation on the atrocities of the Japanese-American concentration camps during World War II, and a celebration of the heroes

Guests were impressed by the new European Pavilion section of programming, featuring over a dozen galleries from Spain, Italy, the UK and beyond, in celebration of the tremendous influence that European art has had on the world. 

Throughout the evening, guests were entertained by wandering performers from Cirque du Soleil's Volta, There Could Be a Monster Inside You performance by Spain's PSJM Collective (part of this year's DIVERSE art LA programming), live sculpting by Ichitaka Kamiji, presented by Zeal House, and live ink painting by Japanese calligrapher Sogen Chiba, presented by Gallery Kitai.

The great muralist Robert Vargas completed a new mural honoring the late Kobe Bryant. 

Actress Jade PettyJohn

The Opening Night Premiere Party for the past 6 years has served as a benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Thanks to generous donors, all the families medical bills are paid by St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – It was wonderful to know that all guests of the Opening Night Premiere party were supporting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude

The first day of the LA Art Show opens to the public from 11am -7 pm Thursday, February 6, 2020 and ran through Sunday February 9, 2020 from 11am-5 pm

There were extensive panel discussions at the Dialogs LA booth, performances, and more

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For more information contact: LAARTSHOW.COM

 

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